February 16, 2010

Photo Shoot . . .

Disclaimer: If you don't want to see a whole boat load of pictures containing chubby fat rolls on baby legs, move on my friend, this post is not for you.

On Sunday, while the others were off at church, Mr. Ollie and I had a little photo shoot. The light in his room was great, I had a beautiful plush blanket crying out, "Use me! Use me!" and I had a onesie from a Grandma that needed a little showing off on Valentine's Day. Wait, did I mention that my baby is sorta cute? It helps. It really does.

I'd let the pictures do the talking, but where's the fun in that? Instead I'm gonna let you know exactly what Ollie is thinking.
What's this?  She just handed me paper?  She never hands me paper!  Think.  Think.  Oka;y, I have a plan.
Watch as I begin by distracting her with my little rubber band wrist.  See how it looks like it was screwed onto my arm like a little doll part?  It gets her every time.  Drives her absolutely batty.  Meanwhile, I am stealthily examining every inch of 'the paper'.
Now I look her in the eye.  She is too busy gooing and gaaing over my cuteness to even notice that I've moved 'the paper' towards its intended target.  She is too wrapped up in the curl of my little toes and the milky whiteness of my skin to even have the slightest suspicion.
You'd think she might be on to me here because my gob is wide open, ready for the kill.  But she's a little dense when I'm this adorable, so she hides behind the camera to get the shot.  The camera . . . he is my friend. 
Yesssss!  It worked.  My unwavering charm and disarming wit knocked her off her feet and she didn't even comprehend my devious plan all along to eat the paper. And oh! is it ever delicious.

Wait!  She batted my arm down.  Woman!  That hurt me.  Deep. You have no right to cross me that way. 
Unbelieveable!  She's taken 'the paper' away.  And I am angry.  Angry about 'the paper' and angry that she has pigeonholed me with the words on this shirt.  I'll show her.  I'll show her just how lovable I am.
Hang on a minute.  I can be lovable.  And if I am, it might get me 'the paper' back.  I'll grin for her.
And she'll give in.  She always gives in.
Thanks Momma!  Happy Valentine's Day.
As if this photo shoot weren't enough to melt my heart on Valentine's Day, the RedDog left this in my mailbox.  I will frame it and hang it on my wall.  It is what every mother needs to hear.  It is what every mother wants her kids to feel {and I'm totally okay with the fact that only one of my kids feels it.}
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Emily said...

WOW! Cute pictures of Ollie, love the red heart touch!

Christy said...

Sweet note and super sweet baby! I agree that he and Claire need to get together. I don't know if anyone could stand that amount of cuteness in one room!!!

Stacey Gerlach Moe said...

I love, love, love this post! What a sweetheart and the commentary along with the photos was superb!!

Amy Jo said...

CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!!!! I love those baby rolls

Kasey Hunt said...

photo shoot success!! Great job Mom. Such a cute little guy!

The Queen Vee said...

Ah, Soren you turned me into a mush ball.

Owlie you sure know how to manipulate.

Apis Melliflora said...

Owlie, you're such a super model.

Tobi said...

I needed this post today. The cuteness and love are just the cure I was looking for. Thank you.

Hil said...

My favorite post so far this year. :) Pink, puffy heart love it! ♥

squeezeme said...

I just want to gobble that cute Ollie right up!

Sue said...

Tommy Hilfiger, eat your heart out!

Love the darling pics of your little Owl and it's always so amusing to read mommy commentary.

Now, I hesitate to give photo advice lest I come off as a photo snob, but you did ask for lighting suggestions in your last post! Next time position your subject parallel (approximately) to the window so the natural light will illuminate the eyes and create catch-lights. Wherever your light source is, turn your subject somewhere between straight at the camera and straight at the light source, meaning anywhere from 1/2 to about 3/4 of their face should be in highlight and the other 1/2 to 1/4 should be in shadow. You don't want to place your subject in direct sunlight (too harsh) but use a window that provides copious amount of diffused light. White is a great color to use for natural light portraits because it reflects a lot of light.

There's your portrait lesson for the day. And yes, you should hassle Chris for not already giving you this tutorial!

Sue said...

To further clarify, set the backdrop up perpendicular to the window.

Anonymous said...

Wow - he really is adorable! I want to meet this little fellow...but fear if I hold him, it could start a whole baby-napping fiasco when I don't give him back. (I joke, I joke.)

These pictures are so darling - more photo shoots, more photo shoots!